Scott Hanselman

Beta Rev Disk Drivers for Windows Vista

January 2, '07 Comments [5] Posted in Musings | Tools
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I have a love/hate relationship with my Iomega Rev Drive. I love the drive, but I hate Iomega.

The drive hasn't worked in Vista since I upgraded due to lack of drivers, and that's cramped my backup strategy. However, I noticed today beta drivers for Vista up on their incrediblycraptastic support site.

Here's the direct links so you don't have to futz around. Good luck.

It's a great little piece of hardware, the Rev Drive, it's just got yucky software because they choose to make it look like a UDF (DVD/CD) device, rather than a removable hard drive (which would have been my preference.)

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007 6:59:02 PM UTC
What are your thoughts on the online backup services? Seems to be cheaper and much less hassle.
Tomas L
Tuesday, January 02, 2007 10:06:30 PM UTC
I just don't trust them yet...I know they don't WANT my data, but I don't feel "in control" if the data isn't in the safety deposit box at the bank. S3 is promising though.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007 7:48:51 AM UTC
I know that using standard IDE drives in an external USB case might be clunkier than the Rev (maybe), but I learned long ago not to trust non-standard, single source storage solutions.

I've wasted enough time with dealing with drivers and difficult to acquire media for SyQuest, Iomega and Exabyte drives. Not to mention that their reliability didn't seem to match basic IDE drives.

Now it's IDE or SATA all the way (in external USB cases or in NAS devices).

Critical data gets FTP'ed offsite (encrypted) as well, and code goes into an online SVN provider (one which allows me to get periodic dumps).
mikeb
Friday, January 05, 2007 6:22:45 PM UTC
I can't believe IOMEGA is even in business after the Zip Drive.
Reade
Friday, January 05, 2007 6:22:47 PM UTC
I can't believe IOMEGA is even in business after the Zip Drive.
Reade
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